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Mobile Ed: CM151 Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons I: Foundations and Structures (15 hour course)

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Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons I: Foundations and Structures (CM151) explains how to structure and deliver an expository sermon. It includes guidance on how to select a text and how to produce and format a sermon outline, with particular focus on the use of illustrations and methods for application.


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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Formulate the main proposition for any expository sermon
  • Recognize the difference between an exegetical outline and a sermon outline
  • Expand on an expository sermon’s proposition with main points and subpoints
  • Distinguish between expository, textual, and topical sermon types
  • Incorporate illustrations that empower hearers’ learning processes
  • Understand the components of good sermon application

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Word and Witness

  • Power of God in His Word: Introduction
  • Power of God: Inherent in His Word
  • Power of God: Manifested in the Logos
  • Power of the Word: Applied in Expository Preaching
  • Creating a Passage List for “Word of God”
  • Effectiveness of the Word: Promoted by Testimony
  • Path of the Gospel and Path of the Listener
  • Ethos Implications
  • Performing a Greek Lemma Word Study

Unit 2: The Big Idea

  • Sermonic Unity: The Need for It
  • Sermonic Unity: Its Nature
  • Sermonic Unity: Identifying a Theme or Subtheme
  • Sermonic Unity: Stating Its Proposition
  • Purpose: Introducing the Fallen Condition Focus
  • Purpose: Identifying the Fallen Condition Focus and Its Implications
  • Purpose: Explaining the Fallen Condition Focus
  • Application: Its Necessity
  • Application: Consequences of Nonapplication

Unit 3: Text Selection and Interpretation

  • Study Tools
  • Building Digital Concordances
  • Selecting a Text: Rules
  • Selecting a Text: Cautions
  • Investigating Textual Differences
  • Selecting a Text: Conditions
  • Interpreting a Text: Standards
  • Interpreting a Text: Understanding the Language
  • Interpreting a Text: Genre, Text Features, and Context
  • Examining Specific Genres
  • Selecting a Text: Conclusions

Unit 4: The Road from Text to Sermon

  • Introduction to Moving from Text to Sermon
  • 1. What Does the Text Mean?
  • Studying Parallel Accounts
  • 2. How Do I Know What the Text Means?
  • Discovering Greek Grammatical Constructions
  • 3. What Concerns Caused the Text to Be Written? (Part 1)
  • 3. What Concerns Caused the Text to Be Written? (Part 2)
  • 4. What Do We Share in Common with the Author and Audience?
  • 5. How Should We Respond to the Truths of the Text?
  • 6. Communicating the Content and Application (Part 1)
  • 6. Communicating the Content and Application (Part 2)

Unit 5: Outlining and Arrangement

  • Introduction to Outlining and Arrangement
  • Purposes of an Outline
  • Qualities of Good Homiletical Outlines
  • Types of Homiletical Outlines
  • Building Logical and Sequential Outlines
  • Contents of Good Homiletical Outlines
  • Developmental Principles for Homiletical Outlines
  • Pulpit Outlines: Consistent Visual Markers and Cautions

Unit 6: Proposition and Main Points

  • What Is a Proposition?
  • Marks of a Good Proposition
  • Marks of Good “Formal” Main Points
  • Marks of Good “Conversational” Proposition and Main Points
  • Propositions and Main Points: Some Helpful Hints
  • Propositions and Main Points: Harmonizing Them
  • Propositions and Main Points: More Helpful Hints

Unit 7: Sermon Divisions and Development

  • Guidelines for Main Point Divisions
  • Guidelines for Subpoint Divisions (Part 1)
  • Guidelines for Subpoint Divisions (Part 2)
  • Three Basic Types of Subpoints
  • Standard Progression of Explanation within a Main Point

Unit 8: Classification of Messages

  • Classifications: Introduction
  • Topical Sermons
  • Building a Topical Sermon
  • Textual Sermons
  • Expository Sermons: Features and Advantages
  • Building an Expositional Sermon
  • Expository Sermons: Potential Problems

Unit 9: Exposition: Components and Proportions

  • Exposition: Introduction
  • Exposition: Three Essential Elements
  • Exposition and Illustrative Material
  • Collecting Media Illustrations
  • Application: Instructional and Situational Specificity
  • Application: Motivation and Enablement
  • The Shape of Exposition
  • Exposition: Summary

Unit 10: Illustrations That Empower Exposition

  • Illustrations: Introduction
  • Illustrations: Their Power
  • Illustration: Wrong Reasons for Doing It
  • Illustration: Right Reasons for Doing It
  • Illustrations: Providing Vicarious Learning Experiences
  • Illustrations: Isolating and Associating
  • Illustrations: Narrating
  • Illustrations: Introducing Them
  • Illustrations: Using Concreteness and Detail
  • Illustrations: Relating and Applying to Your Point
  • Illustrations: Expositional Rain (Part 1)
  • Illustrations: Expositional Rain (Part 2)
  • Illustrations: Sources
  • Illustrations: A Balanced View
  • Illustrations: Cautions (Part 1)
  • Illustrations: Cautions (Part 2)

Unit 11: Application

  • Application: Essential to Full Exposition
  • Finding Points of Application
  • What Is Application?
  • Application: Giving Reason, Focus, and Clarity to Exposition
  • Application: Required in Scripture
  • Components of Application: What?
  • Components of Application: Where?
  • Components of Application: Why? and How?
  • What Makes Application Difficult?

Unit 12: Overcoming the Application Breaking Point

  • Disarming Hostility
  • Making Sensible Proposals and Fitting the Tone to the Task
  • Providing Sufficient Guidance for Making Decisions
  • Other Recommendations
  • Application: Cautions and Attitude
  • Proper Attitudes for Making Applications

Unit 13: Sermon Introductions

  • Sermon Introductions: An Example
  • Sermon Introductions: Their Purpose
  • Sermon Introductions: Opening Words and Opening Moments
  • Sermon Introductions: Types (Part 1)
  • Sermon Introductions: Types (Part 2)
  • Marks of Poor Sermon Introductions
  • Marks of Good Sermon Introductions
  • Scripture Introductions: Their Separate Purpose
  • The Introduction Chain

Unit 14: Sermon Conclusions

  • Guiding Principles for Conclusions
  • Components of Conclusions
  • Effective Conclusions: Marks and Cautions
  • Cautions and Hints for Effective Conclusions


  • Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Product Details

  • Title: CM151 Preparing and Delivering Christ-Centered Sermons I: Foundations and Structures
  • Instructor: Bryan Chapell
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 15
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About Bryan Chapell

Dr. Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois and president emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-Centered Worship, Each for the Other, Holiness by Grace, Praying Backwards, The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.


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This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.



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  1. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson


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  3. Larry Logue

    Larry Logue


    This was one of the greatest courses I have ever taken. I would highly encourage anyone who desires to know "how" to effectively communicate the words of God to others to enroll in this course. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to "sit at the feet" of Bryan Chapell learning "how" to become a more effective communicator. Learning this skill is not just for clergy. God has given each of us the ministry of reconciliation, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. We have been commissioned to be ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:18-20). Therefore it behooves each of us to know "how" to effectively carry out our commission. Bryan has clearly shown us the way in this course. Thank you sir for taking the time and effort to share your knowledge with us. You have truly made learning how to effectively communicate an exciting adventure. And I am eager to apply what I have learned in my sharing of the only thing that can make a difference in each of our lives - that word of God which He has magnified above all of His name (Ps 138:2b).
  4. Faisal john

    Faisal john


    it is very great and very blessed study !!!
  5. DAL



    Wow Chapell really smoked Edwards on how to prepare and deliver sermons, if I could I would trade them and have this instead of Edwards course...No offense to Edwards, but I guess this topic is Chapell's bread and butter and that's why he's so good at teaching it. FL , trade me, please :)


Collection value: $824.99
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